The Winds of Change
Pakistani women are increasingly making an impact at the international level though it will take time for this to make a difference in the plight of women at home..
According to a recent poll conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Pakistan is the third most dangerous country for women, preceded only by Afghanistan and the Congo. With domestic violence, dismal healthcare and brutal poverty serving as prime indicators, Pakistan’s inclusion in the list is a no-brainer. The poll cited that around a 1000 women and girls were mur-
By Arsla Jawaid dered for violating their family’s honor and close to 90 percent of Pakistani women suffer from domestic abuse, in some shape or form. However, despite the odds against them, women in Pakistan must also be included on the list of the most resilient and brave women in the world.
Innumerable statistics, countless polls and daily incidents point to scores of honor killings, acid attacks and other forms of domestic violence that reflect the patriarchal, archaic laws still inherent in a country whose elite insist that it is indeed on the road to modernization.
Since its inception, Pakistan has boasted of its women starting with first lady, Fatima Jinnah and Rana Liaquat Ali Khan, both of whom worked diligently for women’s rights and political reforms. Pakistan is also proud of its